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. >> reporter: you are watching a drug smuggler trying to get away from police in south texas. the suv is loaded with what police believe is thousands of pounds of marijuana. >> bam, we have a splash down in the river. the driver with nowhere to go splashes into the riogrande. in a desperate attempt to get back to mexico. it is a scene that is repeated day and night along the border. >> splash down. >> and even though the smugglers are sometimes followed by a state police helicopter and dozens of officers on the ground, if they make it to the river, they can make their escape with waiting accomplices who use boats to hall drugs back to mexico. >> we're done here, there is nothing else we can do. all police on the u.s. side can do is watch them paddle away. but now, texas state troopers are taking to the water with a fleet of six 34-foot armored gun boats with automatic whips. >> lieutenant charlie goble says this is needed. >> they are automatic machine guns. that will stop at nothing to move their product. they will stop at nothing to move their poison into the united states. >> he recognizes t
from police in south texas. the suv is loaded with what police believe is thousands of pounds of marijuana. the driver with nowhere to go splashes into the riogrande. it is a scene that is repeated day and night along the border. >> splash down. >> and even though the smugglers are followed by helicopters and officers on the ground. if they make it to the river, they can make their escape with waiting accomplices who use boats to hall brdrugs back to mexico. all police on the u.s. side can do is watch them paddle away. but now, texas state troopers are taking to the water with a fleet of 34 foot arm mored gun boat was automatic weapons. >> they are automatic machine guns. the show of force is desperately needed on this narrow stretch of water. >> they have to tall disregard for human life. they will stop at nothing to move their poison into the united states. >> he recognizes the center of the river as the boundary. >> our goal is to make the arrest prior to them getting back to their base. >> for place who have seen countless drug runners swim away, it is a navy that is long
the spirit to go on but we'll never forget. >> reporter: the sorrow has spread across the nation. in texas jessica ghawi's parents are grieving. no parent should go through that. >> reporter: as families mourn survivors struggle to make sense of the blood shed. air force reservist was trained for war. >> there was nowhere to hide. >> reporter: nothing prepared her for this. she lost her friend staff sergeant jesse childress. >> him dying has been the hardest thing because you know i ended up with some buck shot in my hand but his life is gone. >> reporter: aurora was just ranked the ninth safest city in the country. at rosie's diner the busy sunday breakfast crowd is still in shock. >> this is our theater. you would never guess something weird like that was going to happen in your backyard. >> reporter: cheryl groner has three daughters. reyna is six years old the same age as the youngest victim, veronica moser. >> i tried to explain it as much as i can so they can understand without going into details. >> reporter: three days have passed since the shooting. the emotion and tears here are
: in texas two months ago, police found more than 100 illegal immigrants stashed in houses, including unaccompanied boys. >> they were being treated like animals. there was no water, there was no food. they were locked in. >> reporter: mike vickers found four illegal immigrant youths, lost, exhausted and thirsty, including two girls ages 10 and 13. >> they probably really didn't understand how close they were to being statistics and being dead. >> reporter: federal authorities say the number of children detained after illegally entering the u.s. without their parents now is skyrocketing. more than 8,000 unaccompanied migrant children have been taken into custody this year compared to 4,000 the same time last year. most are teenaged buys from central america, where they are fleeing drug and gang violence. extreme poverty or abusive homes. >> it's often a very harrowing trip, a dangerous trip for the children. and it can turn into a very abusive situation. >> reporter: the dramatic rise of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the u.s. is putting a lot of stress now on the feder
a role in the severity of the texas drought, caused in part by the cooler pacific waters of la nina, bringing dry conditions to the south. >> we should get used to these la nina related heat waves, because today they're 20 times more likely to occur than 50 years ago. >> reporter: now, government scientists say 2011 was cooler than 2010, but it was still warm enough to be one of the warmest 15 years on record. and with concentrations of greenhouse gases increasing, scientists say we should get ready for more extreme events. brian? >> anne thompson, colorado springs tonight, thanks for that. >>> and another example of extreme weather just this morning, just outside austin texas, ten inches of rain fell in a matter of just a few hours, touching off some nasty flash floods, leaving more than a dozen homes totally surrounded by water. it was a good sized mess to clean up later in the day, but luckily nobody was hurt. >>> and we have an update tonight on a story we aired just a few days back, at the height those awful colorado wildfires. as we reported that night, the firefighters in the
be withering. >> a gentleman from texas asked me does it hurt to have your leg chopped off, all right? how can you answer that? three weeks later, a lovely woman from texas, where was sleeping beauty a prisoner. >> these men should not be confused with tour guides, in fact, far from it. there's one big qualification for this job, and that's more than two decades of prior military service, and that makes this job an honor. paul served in the falklands and the first gulf war, and when princess diana died, he acted as pallbearer in front of her coffin. and the new man, clive, is just finishing 19 years with the british military. he's an iraq veteran whose unit is now in afghanistan, and while he misses serving with them, he knows he's serving in a different way. >> i'm a people person, and to come here to the tower and spread the word about our fantastic history, warts and all, i couldn't, you know, think of anything better. >> these are great men, and so if you visit the tower during a visit to london, remember you'll be in the capable hands of a veteran. that is nbc "nightly news" for this sund
tonight in texas. >> reporter: a withering pasture in arkansas, reservoirs gone dry and cracked earth now being seen throughout much of the nation. more than 1,000 counties have been declared national disaster areas. over the past six weeks the drought has spread dramatically. now blanketing more than 60% of the lower 48 states. with some of the hottest months still ahead. >> when it comes to the big picture weather pattern, any significant changes to these drought-stricken areas, we're just not going to see any improvements at least through the end of july. >> reporter: the impact on agriculture is devastating. 30% of the corn crop is in poor or very poor condition, up from 22% the previous week. crops aren't the only casualty. grazing grounds are barren. horsing ranchers either buy feed for their hungry cattle or sell off their herd. >> you know, we are a nation that eats a lot of beef. >> reporter: and uses a great deal of water. indianapolis residents are getting in one last soaking before a mandatory water ban starts tomorrow. there is rain, but it's out of reach of the drought zone.
, but not where they need it most. southeast texas went from last year's record drought to a deluge. up to 15" this week alone. as one local put it, swinging from hell to high water. janet shand ling, nbs news. >>> the question we have been asked, are you paying with cash or credit. as a result of a blockbuster settlement involving some of the nation's biggest credit card company s the answer to that question could have a whole new price tag. nbc's michelle franzen has the details. >> we are used to it at the pump, one price for cash and a higher one for plastic. later this year, that credit card surcharge could be coming to stores, restaurants, doctor's offices. the swipe fees require merchants to pay credit card companies up to 3.75% to cover expenses. they are not allowed to pass that onto consumers. this week, visa mastercard and other banks agreed to a $7 billion settlement in a price fixing case brought by retailers. the agreement now gives businesses the right to charge more for using plastic to offset the swipe fees. now that merchants have the green light to pass on surcharges to the
: in texas, two months ago police found hundreds of immigrants stashed in houses. >> they were being treated like animals, they were locked in. >> reporter: immigrants lost, exhausted and thirsty, including two girls, ages 10 and 13. >> they probably didn't really understand how close they were to being statistics and being dead. >> reporter: federal authorities say the number of children detained after illegally entering the u.s. without their parents is skyrocketing. more than 8,000 migrant children have been taken into custody this year compared to 4,000 last year. most are teenaged buys from central america, where they are fleeing drug and gang violence. >> it can turn into a very abusive situation. >> reporter: the dramatic rise of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the u.s. is putting a lot of stress on the federal agencies once they're detained. they are required to house the children until guardians are found. legal aide groups are trying to find enough lawyers to help. >> we need to remember to treat these children as kids first and immigrants second. >> reporter: she end
and especially texans for some reasons can be withery. >> a gentleman from texas asked me if it hurts to get your leg chopped off. three weeks later, a woman from texas, where did sleepy beauty lie. >> there's one big qualification for this job, and that's more than two decades of prior military service and that makes this job an honor. paul served in the falklands and the first war and when princess diana died he acted as pall bearer and the new guy clive has finished 19 years with the british military. he's an iraq veteran whose unit is now serving in afghanistan. >> i'm a people person, and to come here to the tower and spread the word about our fantastic history, warts and all, i couldn't think of anything better. >> these are great men, and so if you visit the tower during a visit to london, remember you'll be in the capable hands of a veteran. that is nbc "nightly news" for this sunday evening. i'm brian williams reporting again tonight from london. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. for all of us here, good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com
was on a study trip, an anthropology student from the university of texas. just before the attack he was giving a lecture about their behavior to a group of tourists and then went across the fence. into radar -- into a no go zone. new eyewitness accounts suggest he may have done that to prevent an animal from hurling a rock at people. >> it may have been instinctive for him to go for something which he thought was necessary to do. >> reporter: then two chimps attacked him one of them dragging him for 30 yards. when other staff members raced to rescue him they became targets, too. >> kept pursuing me. i climbed back inside the vehicle. it jumped on the bottom of the vehicle and i closed my door and he started beating through the window. >> reporter: chimpanzees are highly territorial. because many are psychologically damaged they are volatile. there are 33 chimpanzees here. each one rescued from the trade in its meat or from the entertainment industry. although they look docile they are incredibly strong. some are seven times as strong as an adult human male. as andrew oberle experienced so grap
. >>> the folks at the zoo in houston, texas, have sent out this photo of a precocious monkey they say might be in on the joke. they grabbed this photo off a camera set up to secretly record wildlife in borneo, but it certainly appears the monkey seems to know exactly what is going on here. one twitter user speculated, it was posting for a new profile photo on match.com. >>> when we come back here tonight, our report from south africa as nelson mandela marks a big birthday. ♪ happy birthday to you ♪ happy birthday to you >> a joyful day in johannesburg. across south africa for that matter including this group of children. a small part of the estimated 12 million kids who were organized to sing happy birthday to nelson mandela. one of the towering figures of our modern world turned 94 today. yesterday he met with former president bill clinton who said mandela appeared to be in good spirits, was looking well though he is frail these days and unable to walk. it is another milestone for a man who remains a powerful influence over his country. especially the young people there. many of them n
buckled the pavement. >> this is happening across the country from wisconsin to texas. you're seeing streets buckling all over the place. >> reporter: in st. louis where it broke 100 degrees for the eighth straight day air conditioning repairmen worked overtime. >> i worked yesterday. >> reporter: today more record highs. at least 20 cities from atlanta to as far north as wisconsin. forecasters say relief may be just around the corner. >> we are looking at this pattern change to take place by the end of this weekend and certainly by the beginning of next week. it's going to feel much more comfortable especially for the middle of the country. >> reporter: hundreds of thousands of people remain without power after last week's storms. outside washington, d.c. most of lisa's neighbors have electricity, but she is still in the dark. the utility says her power won't be back until at least sunday. >> when they told me july 8th this morning i cried. >> and cooler temperatures without soaking rains won't alleviate the abnormally dry conditions affecting more than 200 million americans -- two-
in texas charged with 28 counts of rape and sexual assault against ten female recruits, many still in their teens. he's among a dozen trainers at lackland airforce base under investigation for sexual assaults against 31 recruits. jennifer norris is not one of the 31 recruits but she did train at lackland and before she got there says she was drugged and raped by a recruiter in maine. >> i was frozen. i couldn't move. he did what he had to do and then just rolled over like i was a piece of trash. >> reporter: terrified, norris did not report the rape. like many victims in the male dominated military she felt powerless to fight back. >> they have power over you. there is no room for debate. you do everything they say to do. you don't say no. >> reporter: the pentagon's own numbers on sexual assault are staggering. 19,000 per year. but only 13% are reported. and a small number, less than 200 a year, end in prosecutions with convictions. representative jackie spear claims suspects are often protected by military commanders. >> they're sexual predators and this is not an isolated circum
incident of possibly over zealous airport check point patdowns. a man from north texas says tsa officers at dallas love field took off his wife's clothing to inspect her feeding tube even though she had handed over information from her doctor explaining what was going on. they said they needed to physically handle the tube and then swabbed it for explosives, which the couple says could lead to infection. the tsa is thoroughly investigating before they comment on this. they do say the swab was not supposed to touch the feeding tube, itself. >>> tom davis has died. viewers of "snl" in the early days will remember him as one-half of the duo franken and davis. franken became senator al franken and davis continued in comedy, wrote books, and famously experimented with and enjoyed to the fullest a slew of drugs from opium to lsd. lauren michaels discovered the duo doing stand up in l.a. they worked on "snl" for 13 years on and off and shared three emmys for their work. tom davis dead of cancer at the age of 59. >>> you might call the following the sound of freedom. ♪ o say can you see >> let
but they will be spotty and clustered so it won't bring the wide-spread relief where we need. >> southeast texas has gone from a record drought to a deluge as much as 15 inches this week alone. as one local put it swinging from hell to high water. nbc news, houston. >> the question we have been asked, are you paying with cash or credit. the answer to that question could have a whole new price tag. nbc's michelle fransen has the detail snooze we are used to it at the pump one price for cash and a higher one for plastic. that surcharge could be coming to other places. up to 3.75% to cover expenses. this week, visa mastercard and other banks agreed to a $7 billion settlement in a price fixing case brought by retailers. now that merchants have the green light to pass on surcharges to the customer. the big question is will they? experts say it is risky. the second they start charging the customers more. that is what is going to anger the customer. that is the last thing they are going to want to do especially coming off of the recession. customers still have the choice to pay by cash or debit card. >> you thi
is in danger after he was attacked by a pair of chimpanzees. michelle franzen has our story. >> reporter: texas grad student andrew oberly is fighting for his life. the sanctuary featured on animal planet's "escape to chimp eden" houses kimchimps rescued. they say he suffered deep lacerations on his entire body. >> he's in critical condition, remains in a critical condition. he's under observation in intensive care. >> reporter: he was giving a tour thursday who he split from the group, crossing over one of two fences separating the public from the chimpanzees. two male chimps attacked him, grabbing his feet and pulls him under a second fence into the enclosure. they dragged him for half a mile. experts say chimps are far more powerful than humans. >> we're probably one-sixth or one-seventh the strength of the average chimpanzee, and we really are no opportunity to really defend ourselves very effectively. >> they were scared off the managing director of the sanctuary fired a gun into the air. he told the associated press oberly broke the rules by crossing over the fence. they're investigating.
parts of the country. heavy rain in parts of texas and late word tonight of a deadly lightning strike on a soccer field near houston, two people killed while trying to hide from the rain. beneath a tree. >>> in the meantime, a much different story. the nation's heartland, where a severe drought continues crippling a lot of farms. after a brief break from the triple digit temperatures, get ready for round two. meteorologist kim cunningham joins us now from the weather channel headquarters. kim, here we go again, right? >> that's right, lester. you know, a tragic story about this lightning strike in around the houston area. i want to show you real quick. this is a big story with the lightning we have been seeing. that is moving out of houston. you can see the six-hour timeline showing the storms on the way out. this is a big story and the fact a lot of people get killed by lightning each year, the bigger story i think coming up this week will be the heat. i want to show you the dew point, the measure of moisture at the surface. notice 60s and 70s. it's very high, tropical atmosphere. yo
in houston, texas, have sent out this photo of a precocious monkey they say might be in on the joke. they grabbed this photo off a camera set-up to secretly record wildlife in borneo, but it certainly appears the monkey seem to know exactly what is going on here. one twitter user speculated, it was posting for a new profile photo on match.com. >>> when we come back here tonight, our report from south africa as nelson mandela marks a big birthday. the millionth customer.to be would you mind if i go ahead of you? instead we had someone go ahead of him and win fifty thousand dollars. congratulations you are our one millionth customer. people don't like to miss out on money that should have been theirs. that's why at ally we have the raise your rate 2-year cd. you can get a one-time rate increase if our two-year rate goes up. if your bank makes you miss out, you need an ally. ally bank. no nonsense. just people sense. ...more talk on social security... ...but washington isn't talking to the american people. [ female announcer ] when it comes to the future of medicare and social security
the obama campaign dearly. >> peter alexander on the trail in houston te, texas, starting off tonight. >>> there's a mystery talked about mostly in washington all the way west to chicago. jesse jackson, jr., the son of the civil rights leader, has been missing away from his job for the past four weeks and not heard from. tonight we have learned more about where he is and where he's been. our report from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> his namesake is both a blessing and a curse, jesse jackson, jr.. >> he is my father and my friend, i now present to you the reverend jesse jackson. >> reporter: born at the height of the civil rights movement, raised in politics by his famous father, once a rising star. now missing in action, not seen since june. battles an ethics investigation, a failing marriage and his parents say physical and mental pain. >> we hope he'll be fully restored to his health. he's going through a tremendous challenge. >> reporter: friends and colleagues say he was far from chicago's south side, being treated for alcoholism at a facility in arizona. and there are legal issues. t
. >> peter alexander on the trail in houston, texas, starting us off tonight. peter, thanks. >> there's been a moderately talked about mystery in the last few weeks, talked about mostly in washington, all the way west to chicago. democratic congressman, jesse jackson, jr., the son of the civil rights leader, has been missing away from his job for the past four weeks and not heard from. tonight we have learned more about where he is and where he's been. our report from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> his namesake is both a blessing and a curse, jesse jackson, jr. >> he is my father and my friend, i now present to you the reverend jesse jackson. >> reporter: born at the height of the civil rights movement, raised in national politics by a famous father. himself once a rising star. now missing in action, not seen in congress since early june. while battling a house ethics investigation, reported marital problems, and, his parents say, significant physical and emotional pain. >> we hope he'll be fully restored to his health. right now he's going through a tremendous challenge. >> reporter: friends and
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